‘Build on unified strengths, improve on weaknesses’ – ERC in Phagwah message


See below Phagwah greetings from the Ethnic Relations Commission: 

The Ethnic Relations Commission, (ERC), extends Phagwah greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Hindu community at home and the diaspora. Over time, this colourful national festival which marks the arrival of spring is greeted with participation by Guyanese from other ethnic groups, who evidently discard religious and cultural barriers.

The burst of colours is seen in the towns and villages during this joyous occasion but, for our young nation it exhibits the vibrant mix of our rich diversity which defines who we are as a people. It represents an achievement stemming from a combination of efforts as we endeavor together to be one people.

The fun and frolic associated with Phagwah, or Holi, is more than celebratory. It also serves to bring together Guyanese from all walks of life. The Commission urges all to celebrate and internalize the significance of Holi. Significant in its underlying message is the triumph of good over evil for the progress of humanity, as the story of young Prahlad illustrates in the Hindu scriptures.

Phagwah is also indicative of how, as a nation we embrace our cultural diversity. That therefore, offers relevant lessons for us all and is an impetus for increased and sustained efforts to build upon our unified strengths and improve on weaknesses. Such national occasions allow for improvement of our capacity to overcome inherent challenges to foster togetherness.

The Commission encourages everyone to observe Phagwah while remembering the recurring theme of its messages.


Ethnic Relations Commission

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